Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy have appealed to US President Barack Obama to help bring the guilty to book and secure justice for the victims. Social activist Satinath Sarangi said they have called upon the President and have requested him to make sure Union Carbide responds to its summons by the Bhopal district court.
On December 3, 1984, around 40 tons of methyl isocyanate gas had accidentally leaked from a pesticide factory owned by US multinational Union Carbide Corporation, leading to the death of over 3,700 people, with thousands others injured. This tragedy is considered one of the world's worst industrial disasters.
Satinath Sarangi said, "We have called upon President Obama and have requested him to make sure that Dow Chemicals responds to the summons by the Bhopal district court and appears in court on March 14. We have also asked Dow Chemicals to clean the contamination in the soil and ground water that is still spreading."
One of the victims, Shehzad Bi said, "The US government is supporting the accused Union Carbide, who are hiding in America for the past 22 years. (Former Union Carbide CEO Warren) Anderson is dead but there are others who are guilty. We request President Obama to do justice."